Wireless Dog Fence Reviews
While wireless dog fence systems have come a long way, they all have some limitations that render them useful only in very specific situations. All wireless dog fences are hindered by one (or for some unfortunate systems, both) of two problems - poor signal consistency and/or circular shape only. Read on for more details.
Who Should Consider A Wireless Dog Fence?
We generally recommend wired dog fences over wireless dog fences across the board. In-Ground dog fences take a little more commitment on the installation at the beginning but they are much more reliable, easier to train on, more flexible in terms of collar and avoidance zone compatibility, and just generally better than their wireless counterparts. BUT, we realize that there are some situations where an in-ground dog fence may not be an option. For example, if you rent your home and can't use a wired fence or you frequently take your dog with you to a vacation home and want to travel with the dog fence.
Who Should Absolutely NOT Consider A Wireless Dog Fence?
First of all, anyone with a toy breed. There is no available wireless dog fence suitable for dogs under 12 lbs. Although manufacturers list their collars as safe for dogs down to 5 lbs. This is completely unrealistic as the collars are way to big and heavy and the correction way to strong for such tiny dogs.
Then there are the circumstances that make 99% of wireless dog fences a major no-no (the GPS based D.E. Systems Border Patrol is an exception to this rule). Wireless dog fences are not compatible with:
- metal roofing or siding
- large metal structures in the signal field
- wooded areas or log cabin homes
- properties that slope down away from the transmitter
- large obstacles in the signal field